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April 14, 2014
12:26 EDTEW, ENH, TWTR, NQ, WBMD, AHL, C, MDT, GDP, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after a bigger than expected increase in retail sales, along with better than expected headline profits at Citigroup (C), lent some confidence to buyers at the start of a holiday-shortened week of trading. The retail data, which showed sales notched their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, added to a recent string of better than expected domestic economic reports. However, today's data was followed by an upward move in the major averages, which had not been the case in some recent trading sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, the EU's statistics agency said industrial production across the 18 countries that share the euro rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced more than 4% after the company's first quarter earnings, excluding one-time items and accounting adjustments, of $1.30 per share easily beat the consensus $1.14 per share forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," noting that the bank reduced its deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. Prior to today's good news, the bank had been in focus for a number of negative headlines during the quarter, including its disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit and the Federal Reserve objecting to its capital return plans... Twitter (TWTR) shares rose over 3% after the company disclosed that its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, and its CEO, Richard Costolo, have informed the company that they have no current plans to sell any of their shares as a lockup of the stock approaches on May 5. Social network peer Facebook (FB) also gained more than 1.5% after news reports from Europe said the company is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval to provide financial services such as electronic payments and exchanges with other members... Aspen Insurance (AHL) remained up 10% near noon despite the company rejecting the takeover offer that its peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), made public. Aspen said the "ill-conceived" $47.50 per share buyout offer made by Endurance represents a "strategic mismatch" and carries "significant execution risk." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which jumped 37% after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 18% after advising it now expects its Q1 revenue to be at the high end of the range the company previously provided and for its adjusted EBITDA to beat the high end of its prior guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Medtronic (MDT), which dropped 2% after its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences (EW), was granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. Edwards, which was upgraded at JPMorgan and CRT Capital following the court victory, gained 12%. Also lower again were shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), which slid another 5.8% as its post-earnings weakness continues. Short selling research firm Muddy Waters, which has previously alleged NQ to be a fraud, said the recently reported results indicate that the company's auditor has stepped up its scrutiny of the Chinese company. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.17, or 0.82%, to 16,157.92, the Nasdaq was up 40.19, or 1.0%, to 4,039.93, and the S&P 500 was up 15.84, or 0.87%, to 1,831.53.
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June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:42 EDTFBInstagram announces new updates to be source for real-time news
Instagram announced two updates that will aim at helping connect the community with "the world as it happens." The company introduced its Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and a more powerful search. Instagram commented, We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless. The new Explore now surfaces trends as they emerge in real-time, connecting you to events and conversations both near you and around the globe.... For everyone on Instagram, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for. With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival — even if you couldn’t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once." Reference Link
11:20 EDTEW, MDTMedtronic competitive with Edwards after approval, says Wells Fargo
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09:51 EDTFBFacebook near test of life high, levels to watch
The stock has been trading in a range largely defined by a low at $77 and a high at $85 since February of this year. That is a slightly more bullish range than the previous several months characterized by a low at $75 and a high at $82. The life high for the shares is at $86.07, with the stock breaking the range high and last at $85.65. This move could be another oscillation in the range, or it might presage a genuine breakout in price. With the range having built for so long a period, a breakout could see a more rapid increase in price with a probe to the $90 to $95 area quite possible. A move back below $85 would mean this was another excursion testing the bounds of the range, with next support below at $82.
09:36 EDTTWTR, C, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval for new TAVR system
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08:03 EDTFBMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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07:25 EDTEW, MDTPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
07:17 EDTEWFeedback on Edwards Lifesciences Centera 'very positive,' says Wells Fargo
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTFBOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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11:21 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR BBRY
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTTWTRTwitter retains Spencer Stuart to assist in CEO search process, CNBC says
According to a tweet from CNBC, Twitter has retained Spencer Stuart to assist in the CEO search process. Twitter will reportedly only consider "full-time" candidates. Reference Link
07:31 EDTFBFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:25 EDTFBFacebook's CPO to outline new format for mobile advertising, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTGDPGoodrich Petroleum commences completion operations on 2 of 6 wells in TMS
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06:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook to $120 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. Facebook is the best play on the "next computer paradigm of virtual reality," Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. Oculus, the company's virtual reality technology, is an "insurance policy on the relevance of Facebook's social portfolio as technology shifts,” Munster writes. He believes the long-term value of technology is not reflected in the current share price. The social networking giant closed Friday down 39c to $82.51.
June 21, 2015
12:42 EDTMDTMedtronic reports five-year follow-up results for Endurant AAA stent graft
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